Both Robinson and Mashburn have yet to play for their respective
teams this year. Mashburn has a knee injury and might never play again.
Robinson, earning more than $12 million in the final year of his
contract, is on the injured list with left ankle tendinitis, though
he's been unhappy since losing his starting forward spot in
"We knew what we wanted to do if we were going to move him,"
Sixers president Billy King said. "If this deal with Rodney didn't
come about, we were not going to do a deal just to be moving
Rogers can become a free agent at the end of the year. His
3-point shooting fits nicely with coach Jim O'Brien's offensive
philosophy, but Rogers is only averaging 9.3 points and shooting
just 27.5 percent from 3-point range.
Rogers played for O'Brien with the Celtics.
Mashburn is making $9.3 million this year and $10.1 million next
year, but seems likely to retire because of his knee injury. He
hasn't played since last March and won't play for the Sixers, King
King said he hoped Webber would have a physical Thursday night
and be ready to play for the Sixers, oddly enough, against the
Kings on Saturday night.
Webber will pair with Sixers All-Star guard Allen Iverson to
form one of the most formidable duos in the league.
"They're going to probably win the Atlantic now," Cavaliers guard LeBron James said of the Sixers. The Webber trade is "going to make them one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference. I know Iverson is very happy about it. I'm going to call him and tell him he got an early Christmas present."
Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, claimed he didn't ask to be
traded if the Sixers didn't make any bold moves to contend in a
weakened Eastern Conference this year – but the All-Star game MVP
believed the Sixers needed help to make a playoff push.
"If there's anything we need, it's definitely a big man," he
Of course, Robinson was supposed to be the answer when the
Sixers traded for him last year.
Robinson averaged 16.6 points a game in his first season in
Philadelphia last year – down from his career average of 20.8. He
lost his starting spot at small forward to rookie first-round pick
Andre Iguodala in training camp and has rarely been seen with the
team since then.
"A healthy Glenn Robinson would have added to our mix, but he
wasn't able to play, so we just focused on what we had and the guys
who could play," King said.
Rogers was expected to play against the Knicks on Thursday.
King was looking for the right deal, one that ideally would ship
out Robinson and bring back a 3-point shooter or some frontcourt
help. He also made a steadfast commitment to keeping the young
nucleus intact, notably Iguodala, center Samuel Dalembert and
forward Kyle Korver.
"I think we've got the makings of team that can win now and win
in the future," King said.
"The one thing we were not going to do
is move our young guys we were able to keep them and add to the